Education in UK
Add school to
Staffordshire University

Last modified:
American InterContinental University - London
The Norton Knatchbull School - Ashford
Gossops Green Community Primary School - Gossops Green
Great Ballard School - Chichester
Georgian Gardens Community Primary School - Rustington
Fordwater School - Chichester
Fonthill Lodge School - East Grinstead
Fairway Infant School - Copthorne
Elm Grove Infant School - Littlehampton
Elm Grove First School - Worthing
Yew Tree Primary School - Yew Tree Estate
Yew Tree Community Primary School - Aston
Woodway Park School & Community College - Coventry
Woodthorpe Primary School - Kings Heath
Woodrush Community High School - Specialist Technology College - Birmingham
Woodlands Primary School - Willenhall
Woodfield Infant School - Penn
Wood Green High School College of Sport - Wood Green Road
Wolverhampton Grammar School - Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton Girls High School - Wolverhampton
Wollescote Primary School - Wollescote
Wodensfield Primary School - Wednesfield
Wodensborough Community Technology College - Wednesbury
Withymoor Primary School - Off Turners Lane Quarry Bank
Willenhall School Sports College - Willenhall
Whitehouse Common Primary School - Sutton Coldfield
Edward Bryant Primary School - Bognor Regis
Eastergate C E Primary School - Eastergate
West House School - Edgbaston
East Wittering Community Primary School - East Wittering
Welford Primary School - Handsworth
East Preston Junior School - East Preston
Wednesfield Village Primary School - Wednesfield
East Preston Infant School - East Preston
Wednesfield College (Specialist Engineering School) - Wednesfield
Durrington Middle School - Durrington
Ward End Primary School - Ward End
Walsgrave C E Primary School - Coventry
Durrington First School - Durrington

Madras C In W VA Primary School
Penley, LL13 0LU Overton
01978 710419

Picture of the Madras VA School

The Ethos of the Madras

Dear Parents and friends

On behalf of the Governors and Staff, I welcome your child to the Madras VA School.

Built in 1811 by the 2nd Lord Kenyon and based upon a similar structure in India, the Madras School became the first free school in Wales. It’s unique design with a thatched roof (the only one of its kind in the country we believe) together with the modern extension, set in very pleasant, open and extensive grounds, makes it a very attractive and inviting building. Recognising its historical foundation, the school will preserve and develop its religious character in accordance with the principles of the Church in Wales and in partnership with the Church at parish and diocesan levels.

The school aims to serve the community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.

We normally have about 100 children on roll aged 3 to 11 consisting 4 classes of mixed ability boys and girls with an additional dedicated Early Years Unit for nursery children.  

The Founding of the Madras

The Madras Voluntary Aided School was built in 1811 by George Lord Kenyon II and was the first free school in Wales.  The Rev Dr Andrew Bell (founder of the Madras College St Andrews Edinburgh) brought his methodology of education known as the Madras System to this unique school in Penley.  Lord Kenyon provided funding and gave land for

a schoolhouse and school for the education of children in the principles of the Established Church of England and Ireland in the Madras System of education............

..........if the said schoolhouse and school should at anytime thereafter, from neglect, dilapidation or otherwise, cease to be used and applied for that purpose, then the said premises should immediately revert to the said George, Lord Kenyon and the grant should cease and become void.

The commemoration plaque at the front of the school depicts a bible giving indication of the original religious style of education to the pupils here.  Today we still use aspects of Rev Bell's system with the continuation of monitors throughout the year 5 and 6 pupils.  Further information about Rev Dr Bell can be found on the next page.

Another longstanding educational tradition that is still upheld at Madras is that of teacher training which we have successfully been involved with for over 100 years.  Today though our teaching students are with us for a shorter time for their practical training whilst their main training takes place at the North East Wales Institute (NEWI) at Plas Coch Wrexham.


The Madras VA School accepts pupils between 3 and 11 years old.  Nursery pupils are accepted for the September term following their 3rd birthday (aged 3 by 31st August).  Reception pupils are accepted for the September term following their 4th birthday (aged 4 by 31st August).

The criteria for admissions is as follows:

  1. Whether the child lives in the Civil Parish of Penley.
  2. Whether the child has a sibling at the school.
  3. Whether the child had a sibling at the school.
  4. Whether the parents desire a school where regular corporate worship is held; where teaching is permeated by Christian standards of faith and conduct; and where there is an active link with a Church.
  5. Whether there are particular facilities offered by the school (which are not available at other schools nearby) which are especially needed.
  6. Whether the parents are active worshipping members of the Anglican Church.

With the Madras VA School being a Church in Wales school, the Governors are responsible for the admission of pupils into school.  Further details and admission forms can be obtained from the school office.

Dinner Money

School dinners are provided by Wrexham County Support Services and are cooked on the premises in our modern kitchen.  Further details about our menus and healthy options can be found on the dinner menu page.  Current meal costs are as follows and can be paid half termly or termly in advance (please contact the school office for costs).  Free dinners are available to qualifying applicants - please contact the school office or Wrexham CBC, Tŷ Henblas, Queens Square, Wrexham, LL13 8AZ for an application form.

  Per day Per week
Infant pupil £1.52 £7.60
Junior pupil £1.57 £7.85
Adult £2.09  

Dinner costs are reviewed annually for January by Wrexham CBC.

School/Parent Information

To keep parents informed of developments at school, pupil trips, sporting events and day to day details we publish a school newsletter Madras Times approximately each half term.  

primary schools in Overton, secondary schools in Overton, schools in Overton

Editorial office:
tel. + 48 (094)